Major College Hoops Are Coming To Uptown Charlotte With Jumpman Invitational

Celebrating the game of basketball and its dynamic culture, the three-year agreement kicks off with inaugural event Dec. 20-21, 2022

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Sports Foundation announced Thursday that they are partnering with the Jordan Brand in a three-year deal that will bring some of the biggest college basketball teams to the Queen City for the Jumpman Invitational.

The major holiday basketball event’s inaugural date is set to take place on Dec. 20-21, 2022. The event will feature both the men’s and women’s teams from the original four schools to sign partnership deals with Jordan Brand in both basketball and football: Florida, Michigan, North Carolina and Oklahoma.

“We’re incredibly excited to bring what we believe will quickly become the marquee college basketball event of the holiday season to the Queen City,” said Danny Morrison, executive director of the Charlotte Sports Foundation. “These are four of the most storied and competitive programs in the game, and we’re looking forward to the interconference play.”

All games will be played at the Spectrum Center in Uptown Charlotte. The schedule will feature two games each night, with matchups and game times still to be determined. ESPN networks will air all four games and work to maximize the event’s success in front of a global audience. Jordan Brand plans to create unique experiences for fans as well as players and coaches in conjunction with the event.

“Charlotte has a rich history of hosting high-profile basketball events, including the NBA All-Star Game, NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament games, the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament, the CIAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments and this year’s Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Shootout,” Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles said. We look forward to welcoming basketball fans from across the country to enjoy our hospitality and culture, and we’re grateful to the Charlotte Sports Foundation and Jordan Brand for organizing this event that will bring so much recognition and positive economic impact to our city.”

Morrison said the possibility exists to expand the event to include other Jordan-affiliated schools in 2023 or 2024, or to extend the partnership into subsequent years.

“We’re hoping this will be the start of one of the most anticipated, coveted and competitive events in all of college basketball each and every year,” said Morrison. “Charlotte has all the resources to make this an overwhelming success including an incredibly passionate fan base, and we look forward to seeing this event grow in stature for years to come.”

More information about the event is set to be announced in the coming months as details are being finalized.